Cash handed to police for crash scene investigation

DERBYSHIRE police has been handed £64,873 to buy state-of-the-art equipment which will help officers keep traffic moving after motorway crashes.

The funding from the Department of Transport, together with police and the National Policing Improvement Agency contributions, will enable the force to purchase 37 3D scanners which help officers capture evidence at crash scenes.

The technology saves time by quickly making a 3D image of the whole crash site, rather than investigators painstakingly surveying multiple sections of a scene.

This digital image can then be viewed on a computer screen allowing investigators to take measurements of where vehicles are in relation to each other and examine other important evidence.

The Department of Transport has awarded 27 police forces grants totalling £2.7m as part of a national roll-out of the new technology.